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2012 Highly Commended

Heritage Restoration Award

The Old Shipping Office – Akaroa


While of timber construction overall the Office facades imitates traditional stone construction on 3 sides which never fails to draw comments from tourists and visitors alike. It is one of the best examples of this type of building in New Zealand. The Office has been converted to accommodation as adaptive re-use and after the damaging 2011 earthquake it was carefully restored using native timbers sourced in Akaroa for recreating the mouldings. Extensive strengthening was carried out and the main facade tied back into the main structure.

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